How we work


We use fair, kind and effective training techniques.  These techniques have been scientifically proven to be the most effective in raising confident, predictable dogs.

 
 

Our teaching techniques are based
on up to date learning theory


 

Reward based

We use food, play and life rewards to enhance learning, lower stress and associate human hands with good things.

Positively Reinforced

We use food, play and life rewards to reward behaviour we like, thereby ensuring that the behaviour we like is repeated. 

Clear and Concise

We teach a dog what ‘to do’ as opposed to what ‘not to do’ with clear and precise cues to build communication with our dogs.

Why use positive training techniques?


Positive training techniques are fair, kind and effective – using positive training techniques provides the best chance of raising a confident, predictable adult dog. 

It’s important that we teach our dogs what we would like them to do in a given situation, whilst maintaining their confidence in the world and in us.

The basic premise is to reward behaviour you do like and re-direct behaviour you don’t like.  Positive trainers use positive reinforcement (rewarding the behaviour we like) and negative punishment (removing things that your dog likes – kindly and fairly).

Imagine if we tried to teach our children how to use the potty by just putting the potty down without explanation of its intended use and then smacked them on the nose when they had a little mishap on the kitchen floor!  It’s doubtful that a child would learn to associate the smack on the nose with the fact that they hadn’t used the potty.  It’s doubtful that they would have learned anything except that adults are unpredictable and, therefore, untrustworthy.

We teach small children using positive reinforcement; we teach them what we would like them to do, by way of explanation, and reward them when they get it right with stickers, sweeties etc. Children who have been punished for violation of boundaries that haven’t been clearly defined are likely to grow into suspicious, anxious adults and so it is for dogs.

The potential fallout of rough handling or aversive equipment


Research has shown that aversive methods (such as a smack on the nose with a newspaper – physical punishment) or the use of aversive devices such as choke chains, shock collars, spray devices may actually cause aggression and that one of the potential fallouts of aversive punishment methods is that a dog may associate punishment with something that is not the target of the punishment – for example when a dog is punished for perceived bad behaviour near a child, the dog may associate the punishment with the child (as opposed to the bad behaviour).  What may happen is that the dog will begin to fear children – the dog begins to growl at children and is punished as a result, this leads to the dog becoming more fearful of children and beginning to growl when they are further away – we now have a potentially dangerous situation which could have been avoided with the use of positive training techniques.

Other potential fallouts include; the dog may avoid the person administering the punishment or begin to fear all strangers as a result.  The dog may begin to associate humans with pain and discomfort and acts accordingly (in a fearful manner that could easily tip into aggression).

Our teaching techniques are based
on up to date learning theory


A great relationship with your dog

A more confident, more predictable dog

Avoidance of potential fallouts of aversive methods

 

Et Voilá



All this people and canine related experience and study has brought me to the perfect place to answer my calling. If you are looking for a dog trainer who is skilled and experienced in human AND canine behaviour – indeed, is fascinated by both. A trainer who is aware of what building blocks are required to successfully raise a well-adjusted, confident dog in a family environment (with or without children). A trainer who understands that the reason you got a dog in the first place was for well-mannered companionship (inside and outside of your home) then look no further.